Injured Nadal set to return in three weeks

26 January, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Nora May

Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic emerged victor against Rafael Nadal in a thrilling quarterfinal match of the Australian Open on Tuesday after the Spaniard conceded the match.

Nadal hobbled and limped during the final set and as soon as Cilic broke his first serve of the set to go up 2-0, 2017 Australian Open finalist made a decision to call it quits with the scoreline reading 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 0-2.

The 31-year-old Spaniard winced in pain and limped to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 0-2 exit, overshadowing a majestic performance from Cilic.

Nadal took a medical timeout trailing 1-4 the fourth set and a trainer treated his right leg and upper thigh.

There didn't appear any obvious injury to Edmund during the first set and when he returned to the court for the second, he appeared fine and started utilising his backhand to notable effect. The 23-year-old seemed to be struggling with his movement, but found a way to stick with the 6 seeded Cilic taking the second set to a tiebreak.

Edmund will play either top-seeded Rafael Nadal or No. 6 Marin Cilic in the first men's semifinal on Thursday.

Cilic, speaking afterwards in his on-court interview, said: "In the second set I was up and down with my game, not getting enough returns back and he started to serve quite well and release his forehands". Cilic defeated Japan's Kei Nishikori to win the 2014 US Open title, his only Grand Slam victory.

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Cilic will meet the victor of the Roger Federer v Hyeon Chung match which takes place on Friday.

Vanquished semi-finalist Kyle Edmund hopes to emulate Roger Federer and embrace the attention that will follow his barnstorming Australian Open campaign. The two met past year in the second round of the Masters 1000 series in Shanghai where Čilić celebrated the win.

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This is the first time the Yorkshireman has won five consecutive matches at tour level. "Today, I think tennis was the ultimate loser, because we both played great".

Serving the match, Mertens clinched it on her first opportunity with a backhand victor, then threw her arms up in the air in celebration.

'Definitely it left some scars on his body, I can feel that too, but he's definitely got a bright future and you're going to be seeing him a lot around'.

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